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Area Content Alert: Volume 43, Issue 3 (September 2011)

The latest issue of Area is available on Wiley Online Library


From beginnings and endings to boundaries and edges: rethinking circulation and exchange through electronic waste (pages 242–249)
Josh Lepawsky and Charles Mather

Public perceptions of jaguars Panthera onca, pumas Puma concolor and coyotes Canis latrans in El Salvador (pages 250–256)
Michael O’Neal Campbell and Maria Elena Torres Alvarado

The value of single-site ethnography in the global era: studying transnational experiences in the migrant house (pages 257–263)
Ruben Gielis

Anthropogenic soils in the Central Amazon: from categories to a continuum (pages 264–273)
James Fraser, Wenceslau Teixeira, Newton Falcão, William Woods, Johannes Lehmann and André Braga Junqueira

On Actor-Network Theory and landscape (pages 274–280)
Casey D Allen

Sinking the radio ‘pirates’: exploring British strategies of governance in the North Sea, 1964–1991 (pages 281–287)
Kimberley Peters

Changing meanings of Kyrgyzstan’s nut forests from colonial to post-Soviet times (pages 288–296)
Matthias Schmidt and Andrei Doerre

Being Angelica? Exploring individual animal geographies (pages 297–304)
Christopher Bear

The role of French, German and Spanish journals in scientific communication in international geography (pages 305–313)
Artur Bajerski

Gardens and birdwatching: recreation, environmental management and human–nature interaction in an everyday location (pages 314–319)
Paul J Cammack, Ian Convery and Heather Prince

Where music and knowledge meet: a comparison of temporary events in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio (pages 320–326)
Robert R Klein

Local nuances in the perception of nature protection and place attachment: a tale of two parks (pages 327–335)
Saska Petrova, Martin Čihař and Stefan Bouzarovski

Actor-network theory as a reflexive tool: (inter)personal relations and relationships in the research process (pages 336–342)
Rebecca Sheehan

‘So, as you can see . . .’: some reflections on the utility of video methodologies in the study of embodied practices (pages 343–352)
Paul Simpson

Greening the campus without grass: using visual methods to understand and integrate student perspectives in campus landscape development and water sustainability planning (pages 353–361)
Lee Johnson and Heather Castleden

Participating and observing: positionality and fieldwork relations during Kenya’s post-election crisis (pages 362–368)
Veit Bachmann

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Ethnic violence

By Rosa Mas Giralt

The UN has announced that at least 400,000 people have been displaced to Uzbekistan fleeing the ethnic violence perpetrated by Kyrgyz mobs against Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan. The violence would have started last Thursday night, in the area of the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad in waves of shootings, murders, lootings and arson attacks. As Luke Harding reports for The Guardian, official figures reported 124 killed and more than 1,600 injured but it seems that these numbers could be much higher. In fact, witnesses of the atrocities talk of ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide, reminding us of the events in Rwanda and Bosnia not so long ago.

In his article for Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers in 2001, William B. Wood analysed the concept of genocide by undertaking a comparison of the cases of Rwanda and Bosnia. His review considered genocide from a geographic perspective, emphasizing that: “Geographers can play an important role in genocide ‘early warning’ by revealing the multidimensional aspects of systematic violence, highlighting the potential for future atrocities in areas where ethnic and political spaces conflict, and leading field investigations to those places where simmering communal tensions could erupt into genocide” (Wood, 2001: 58).

As we await the response of the regional and global political actors and the humanitarian relief operation, we must reflect once more on the failings that lead to history repeating itself. As Wood points out: “Geographers can help policy makers better understand genocide’s persistence and its implications, and, by doing so, help galvanize a more decisive international prevention and response” (2001:72).

Read William B. Wood (2001) “Geographic aspects of genocide: a comparison of Bosnia and Rwanda”. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 26(1): 57-75.

Read Luke Harding’s article on The Guardian’s website: “Kyrgyzstan faces humanitarian crisis as Uzbeks flee slaughter”

Read the latest developments in Kyrgyzstan on the BBC’s website: “Kyrgyzstan crisis: UN says 400,000 displaced by clashes”